From Fibre

Impressive fibre test results for stud males

The fibre testing results for the Waratah Flats alpaca stud male team (shorn November 2015) have continued to show impressive returns following the testing of mid side samples earlier this year.

  • Forestglen Seth (10th shearing) 19.8u, 3.6 SD, 18.2 CV and CF of 99%
  • Waratah Flats Fire Cracker (6th shearing) 20.7u, 3.6 SD, 17.5 CV and CF of 99%
  • Waratah Flats Rising Star (5th shearing) 22.0u, 4.1 SD, 18.5 CV and CF of 96%
  • Waratah Flats Hat Trick (4th shearing) 22.8u, 3.4 SD, 15.0 CV and CF of 98%
  • Waratah Flats Imp Wizard (3rd shearing) 18.8u, 3.4 SD, 18.0 CV and CF of 100%
  • Waratah Flats Krakatoa (2nd shearing) 16.8u, 2.9 SD, 17.3 CV and CF of 100%
  • Waratah Flats King Kong (2nd shearing) 15.6u, 2.1 SD, 13.2 CV and CF of 100%

These impressive micron levels, coupled with the low SD readings, continues to give our stud males a very soft handle to their fleeces. We are also seeing these fine fibre traits passing to their offspring. We now look forward to this years shearing.

 

Shearing and fibre testing results

We are always looking forward to shearing time at Waratah Flats, as this is the time of year that gives us the chance to look closely at the fleece production of each of our alpacas and to measure their progress through the years. We were delighted this year that many of our key breeding females continued to display excellent returns on their fibre testing, while our top stud male continued to impress.

Our top 10 adult breeding females (4 to 8 years) averaged 19.8 microns

While our top 6 breeding stud males (3 to 9 years) averaged 18.3 microns

All our intermediates (1 to 2 years) averaged 17.5 microns

And all our juniors (9 to 12 months) averaged 15.8 microns

Over the years we have prided ourselves at reducing the micron count across all age groups within our alpaca herd as part of our breeding goals and see the production of high quality fine fibre as the major goal for the future of alpaca farming worldwide.

Fibre test results look good

Another good year for fibre testing at Waratah Flats as our annual shearing mid-side samples continue to move downwards with lower micron levels trending towards achieving our overall breeding goals.

All our adults – males and females (4 to 8 years) averaged 19.2 microns

All our intermediates (1 to 2 years) averaged 16.9 microns

And all our juniors (9 to 12 months) averaged 15.2 microns

For the first time over 50% of our juniors recorded mid-side samples of 14.5 microns or lower, with our best youngster being WF Imperial Wizard at spot on 13 microns. While the average Standard Deviation (SD) coming in at 2.6 across the age group.